This animation is an introduction to understanding the parliamentary system and accessing your Member of Parliament. By the end of the video, you will learn about:
The difference between Local, State and Federal government
The role of a Member of Parliament
The role of an Electoral Office staff member
The powers a Member of Parliament has to create change
How to approach your Member of Parliament
How a Member of Parliament can help you
If there are terms or language used in the video that you are not familiar with, please refer to the glossary. The glossary will explain what these terms mean. We encourage you to pause the video at different points to rewatch the section if you need.
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The Engaging Communities in Democracy Project is a partnership project between Eastern Community Legal Centre and Parliament of Victoria. The project is indebted to community leaders who have generously shared their knowledge, expertise and lived-experiences of accessing and participating in the parliamentary system. It is hoped that the co-design and rigorous feedback loop undertaken during the development of this Toolkit will ensure it is useful and impactful for community members, electorate officers and MPs.
The Advisory Committee is made up of representatives from the following communities and organisations; Chin Community Victoria, Bohri Dawoodi Muslim faith group, Bahai Assembly, Zorastrian faith group, Hindu faith group, Indiancare, Bounce refugee mentoring program, Chinese Health Foundation, Zomi community, Whitehorse Interfaith Network, Maroondah Interfaith Network, Manningham Interfaith Network and Boroondara Interfaith Network.